PETALING JAYA: World No. 2 Lee Zii Jia bounced again from his Malaysian Open disappointment to advance to the second spherical of the Indian Open with a come-from-behind win over bogeyman Shesar Hiren of Indonesia.
Shesar had overwhelmed Zii Jia of their final two encounters – the Malaysian Open in June and the French Open in October final yr – however the Malaysian prevailed in a detailed 20-22, 21-19, 21-12 victory in at 63 minutes yesterday.
Zii Jia pressured a deciding sport with a decent 21-19 win within the second. And right away he took an 11-3 lead and regardless that Shesar lowered the hole to 12-10, the end result in New Delhi was by no means unsure.
It was a reduction for Zii Jia after he was overwhelmed within the first spherical of the Malaysian Open by rising Japanese shuttler Kodai Naraoka in three video games.
There have been additionally doubts that his sponsorship endorsement could possibly be affected however sponsors Victor reaffirmed their religion in Zii Jia and ensured the continuation of their long-term settlement lately.
And it might have contributed to Zii Jia’s comeback victory towards Shesar yesterday.
Nonetheless, seasoned Malaysian campaigner Liew Daren missed out on Zii Jia within the second spherical after he agreed to stroll over to veteran Dane Hans Kristian Vittinghus after going September 11 within the first sport.
The calf damage additionally pressured the 35-year-old Daren to concede a walkover within the second spherical of the Malaysian Open to champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark.
“Zii Jia performed very nicely immediately (yesterday). Confidence smart, perhaps, a bit down however he’s in fine condition,” stated Daren.
“Me, my damage just isn’t severe however I’ve not totally recovered.”
However, Ng Tze Yong’s marketing campaign within the first spherical was over when he misplaced to Li Shifeng of China, 21-19, 21-14.